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When I was first introduced to shea butter by a friend, it was presented to me as the "and all be all" hair care product right up there with coconut oil. I've been using it on my hair lately and it has inspired me to write about it. A few questions came to mind: What is shea butter? Where does it come from? How can it be used?
After some extensive research, I found that shea butter is defined as a fatty substance obtained from the nuts of the shea tree, used chiefly in cosmetic skin preparations. Shea trees are found in East and West tropical Africa. The shea butter comes from two oily kernels within the shea tree seed. After the kernel is removed from the seed, it is ground into a powder and boiled in water. The butter then rises to the top of the water and becomes solid.
According to WebMD, shea butter can be used for just about anything skin related from eczema to acne. So, how did shea butter become a go to hair care product? Our scalp is skin that needs to be nourished too. A healthy scalp can produce beautiful kinky, coily, and curly hair.
Before I began using shea butter, I looked for content on how I could best use it for my own hair. To remedy my dry hair woes, I use shea butter as my cream in my L.O.C. (liquid, oil, cream) method. I personally like to cut out extra steps when doing my hair, so I mix my oils with the butter. The butter act as a carrier for the oils. Shea butter helps to lock the oils deeper into my hair and roots. I've really been loving the results; my hair stays moisturized longer, feels soft and looks healthy.
Have you used shea butter in your hair care regimen? What were/are your results?
Ria's Beauty Collection is a local brand of whipped shea butter here in my hometown! Check them out on Amazon Handmade for their handcrafted products.
Cierra - AKA Accessory Diva
Meet Accented Glory's #BeDifferent Feature Zahra! Zahra is a health and wellness blogger at The Natural Journey For Life. Read below to learn what being different means to her!
Being different means acknowledging the uniquely wonderful person that you are. Not apologizing for seeing the world unlike others and living in your true skin and loving your true skin and hair no matter what the trends of the day are. - Zahra
As the natural hair community has grown, there has also been an increase of YouTube videos, channels, and sense of community in the YouTube world. And I am all here for it. I've watched tutorials for everything from learning new wrap styles to enhancing hair styles I already have down pat. I'm definitely an advocate for learning new things, but a recent experience had a naturalista doubting if YouTube tutorials can truly help you to master different styles.
The faux goddess locs are the hot new trend that many ladies are rocking and I wanted to be summertime fine. I headed straight to YouTube to look for all the videos I could find on how to do individual crochet locs. After my 3rd video I was like hell yeah, I got this style down pat. After too many trials and errors and two trips to the beauty supply store I soon learned a lesson that I feel a lot of women have had to come to terms with...hairstylist go to school for a reason! While I may be my own personal hairstylist; I am no professional.
I say all this to say that YouTube tutorials can be very helpful, but we also have to assess our own skills. If you know you can't braid, then chile don't be mad when your crochet style looks a mess after a few days. Don't fall victim to a case of what I wanted versus what I got, because you overestimated your skills girl. Always apply the Golden rule when attempting new styles with YouTube tutorials... practice makes perfect!
Cierra - Accessory Diva
Meet Accented Glory's #BeDifferent Feature Ms. Emily! Ms. Emily is a community organizer and activist. Read below to learn what being different means to her!
I have worn my hair like this (various loc styles) for 5 years! I am inspired by natural hair acceptance and looks. I am also 46 % Nigerian, Central African 23%, Sierra Leonean 13% Kenyan 10% which makes me so proud. - Ms. Emily
Meet Accented Glory's #BeDifferent Feature Marsha! Marsha is a beauty, health, and lifestyle blogger at Sassy Critic. Read below to learn what being different means to her!
To me, being different means to be your true, authentic self. To not allow others to influence you to act out of character. To not follow ideals, trends, or actions that do not align with who you know yourself to be just to fit in. Fit in with yourself and do what you like! - Marsha aka Sassy Critic
Meet Accented Glory's #BeDifferent Feature Korynthia! She is a lifestyle blogger at Smart Sagittarius. Read below to discover what being different means to her.
As a black woman with kinky coily type 4b hair, society makes me feel different every day. I embrace being different by wearing my hair out in its naturally curly glory whenever I have the chance. In being different and accepting it, I'm practicing self love and showing others that they can do it too. - Korynthia
Meet Accented Glory's #BeDifferent Feature Elaina! Elaina is the talented creative of The Lovely Locks Co. Read below to learn what being different means to her!
Being different means expressing myself through my creative talents and sharing them with the world! My gift is creating things with my hands. My talents include, crafting, crocheting, sewing & diys. - Elaina
Shop with Elaina at www.Etsy.com/Shop/TheLovelyLocksCo!
One of my favorite songs from Cardi B’s album Invasion of Privacy is I Like It! In the lyrics she talks about the things she likes; dollars, diamonds, stunting, and shinning. Well, two things that I like is summer and hair accessories!
Summer is my favorite season filled with cookouts, vacation time, and lots of fun in the sun. Summer is also when many naturals choose to wear their hair in protective styles. These styles allow more time for fun and less time on daily hair care needs. Click here for tips on how to maintain your summer protective style.
Braids and twists are the most common summer protective styles. A great way to add some “pop” to these styles is with hair jewelry. Loc jewelry and hair cuffs are hair accessory designs that can be worn on braids or twists. When styling with hair jewelry there are three things naturals should consider.
1. Closed Loops: If the hair jewelry you’re styling with has loops, make sure the loops are closed to avoid getting your hair tangled in the design. Also, check wire or metal accessories for nicks to prevent additional hair snags.
2. Lightweight: Lightweight loc jewelry and hair cuffs are best. Designs that are light eliminates the worries of jewelry falling off. For single strand braids or twists, light jewelry avoids unnecessary pull on scalp from weight.
3. Care Instructions: To prolong the life of your hair jewelry, follow care instructions for the design. Depending on the type of material used to create the jewelry; most care instructions recommend that you remove the accessory during tasks and activities involving water.
For more advice and tips on styling with hair accessories click here for my Styling Guide. To view Accented Glory's Hair Cuff Designs on Amazon click here.
Tonya – Visionary of Accented Glory
What’s your favorite summer protective style?
How do you add some “pop” to your summer hairstyle?
Meet Accented Glory's #BeDifferent Feature Bryanna! Bryanna is a natural hair and lifestyle blogger at That Classy Afro Chic. Read below to discover what being different means to her.
“Being different means showing my creativity, passion, and unique flare in my style. I always aim to be myself and admire the beauty that I have on the inside and out! What makes all of us beautiful are those different qualities that are unique and stand out. ❤ “
Summertime by hip hop duo DJ Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince is one of my all-time favorite songs! Its smooth beat and lyrics create a celebratory and relaxing mood. The month of June is one of my favorite months because it’s the beginning of summer! This month is cause for celebration for several other reasons, as well.
1. June is Accented Glory's anniversary month! We turned 5 years old on June 15th. I use this time of year to celebrate and reflect upon how far my brand has come. I also set new goals that'll help expand my reach! You can read more about Accented Glory’s brand story here.
2. I'm a history nerd and I especially LOVE African American History! With that being said, each year I look forward to celebrating Juneteenth. Juneteenth means more to me than any other American holiday because it acknowledges the emancipation of slaves. I rejoice in the strides African Americans have and continue to make in the US and identity how I can use my sphere of influence to assist in overcoming obstacles we still face.
3. In June, my natural hair Facebook group, Accented Glory Naturals (AGN), hosts an event for Loc Appreciation Day (LAD)! LAD was started by YouTuber Qochemist back in 2011. It's an annual occurrence that happens on the 4th Saturday of June. LAD celebrates the diversity of natural hair community and different ways to style natural hair. This year, AGN content curator Lorna Brown will be hosting a Facebook Live convo in our Facebook group relating to locs. Click here to join our natural hair group!
4. Lastly, but certainly not least, June is the love of my life’s birthday month! My husband and I have been married for 24 years and he continues to be my #1 fan. We are both entrepreneurs and fully understand the highs and lows of the small business owner's journey. I look forward to to celebrating a new year with him!
I welcome June and Summer! This month and season brings so many blessings. I’d love to hear what your favorite month/season is and why?
Tonya - Visionary of Accented Glory
P.S. Check out our NEW hair jewelry we have added to Accented Glory's Amazon shop just in time for Loc Appreciation Day! Our hair cuffs can be worn on locs, twists, and braids. Click here to shop!
Cierra has been a part of Accented Glory since its launch in June 2013. Outside of being an "Accessory Diva", she's a college graduate who desires to pursue a career in law.